LionsXII to face tough test in Selayang
It will be a trying game against ATM FA given their woeful away record, although they do hold a one-goal lead from the first leg of their Malaysia Cup quarter-final
By Kenneth Ho
Reuben - Shuko - Amirizwan - Irwan
Jayaselan - Martelotto - Fitri - Elphi
Hairuddin (C) - James
Faritz - Safuwan - Baihakki - Shakir
Isa - Hafiz
Nazrul - Hariss - Shahril (C)
Having beaten the odds to reach the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup, the LionsXII will enter Friday evening's clash against ATM FA hoping to progress to the next stage.
it will be a tough one to predict given the importance of the game, even though the LionsXII hold a slender 1-0 lead over their opponents from the first leg.
That was courtesy of a first-half header from right-back Madhu Mohana, the only one of many good opportunities that was converted.
ATM might even be looked upon as slight favourites thanks to the visitors' less-than-impressive away record, having won only three away games in total in both the Malaysia Super League and Malaysia Cup campaign.
And according to ATM striker Marlon Alex James, his team will be a different proposition back in Selayang.
“But it’s going to be a different situation in Selayang,” declared James, who has scored 16 goals so far this season.
“We will have a great second game in Selayang, so we are looking forward to that.”
The Malaysian side can look to dynamic midfielder Bruno Martelotto and ex-Malaysian international Hairuddin Omar to support James, while fleet-footed winger Venice Elphi could start after coming off the bench to impress.
ATM can also point to the experience of having dumped the LionsXII out of the competition before, emerging triumphant over the Singapore side in last year’s semi-finals at their home ground.
LionsXII skipper and current top-scorer Shahril Ishak should be relatively match-fit since his return from injury after playing in the last three LionsXII fixtures, and should be able to provide more of his customary flair and creativity that was lacking during his absence from the squad.
Hariss Harun looks set to reprise his attacking midfielder role, with Fazrul Nawaz possibly coming in to replace Shahfiq Ghani upfront due to his suitability to a targetman role.
The Gladiators are sure to turn the heat up back on home soil and V. Sundramoorthy will have to get his tactics spot-on, as well as perhaps require some luck, in order to get his team through here.
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Top 3 Predictions
ATM FA 1-2 LionsXII
- 20 %
ATM FA 1-1 LionsXII
- 12.5 %
ATM FA 0-2 LionsXII
- 12.5 %
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Oct 4, 2013||ATM FA 4 - LionsXII 1|
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Sep 28, 2013||LionsXII 1 - ATM FA 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Apr 20, 2013||LionsXII 3 - ATM FA 1|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 9, 2013||ATM FA 0 - LionsXII 1|
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Oct 11, 2012||ATM FA 1 - LionsXII 1|
|Oct 25, 2013||Kelantan FA 2 - ATM FA 2||MC|
|Oct 18, 2013||ATM FA 1 - Kelantan FA 2||MC|
|Oct 4, 2013||ATM FA 4 - LionsXII 1||MC|
|Sep 28, 2013||LionsXII 1 - ATM FA 0||MC|
|Sep 21, 2013||Sime Darby FC 1 - ATM FA 1||MC|
|22||Mohd Farizal bin Harun||Goalkeeper|
|21||Irwan Fadzli bin Idrus||Defender|
|12||Muhammad Shukor bin Adan||Midfielder|
|19||D. Christie Jayaselan||Midfielder|
|18||Mohd Fitri bin Omar||Defender|
|10||Bruno Sebastián Martelotto||Midfielder|
|8||M. Affize Faisal||Midfielder|
|9||Marlon Alex James||Striker|
|20||Hairuddin bin Omar||Striker|
|23||Rezal Zambery bin Yahya||Midfielder|
|17||Venice Elphi Ak Dannykaya||Striker|
|3||Norfazly bin Alias||Defender|
|9||F. Abdul Hameed||Midfielder|
|8||Hafiz Abu Sujad||Midfielder|
|4||I. Abdul Halim||Midfielder|
|7||Gabriel Quak Jun Yi||Midfielder|